The Owner Built Home and Homestead: Stone Masonry

The first of a homesteading series by Ken Kern, author of The Owner-Built Home and The Owner-Built Homestead. Kern shares information on low-cost, simple and natural construction materials and techniques in home building.



Stone masonry wall
Next to plain dirt, stone (or rock) is the least exploited of all materials for building construction. And like earth—which has been used for centuries in building walls, floors and roofs—rock is most readily available at little or no money cost.
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Chart of construction properties of building rock.
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Stone wall and stone wall-panel illustration.
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Polyfunctional endo-space homestead floor plans.
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Stone-faced circular slip form construction illustration.
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An inside view of Ken Kern's Sierra Homestead.
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Ken Kern homestead plans.
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Ken Kern's Sierra Homestead built by himself and family from native materials.
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John Johansen's Thin-Shelled house project plans.
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